Dame Maggie Smith To Discuss Her Life & Career At The BFI & Radio Times Television Festival In April

Dame Maggie Smith will make a rare appearance onstage in April as part of the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival. The legendary Downton Abbey actor will reflect on her life on stage and screen.

Dame Maggie Smith To Discuss Her Life & Career At The BFI & Radio Times Television Festival In April

Dame Maggie Smith will make a rare appearance on stage at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival in April to discuss her life and career. The festival, which takes place at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX April 7-9, is set to be the largest and most prestigious public television festival in the UK including talks with some of the biggest names in broadcasting, exclusive UK and international previews and book signings.

Special guests from some of the biggest shows on television, including The Crown, The Night Manager, Poldark, Sherlock and Doctor Who will be attendance.

Sir Ridley Scott will also be in discussion following a screening of his brother Tony’s TV drama Author of Beltraffio (1974) which has remained unseen since its UK transmission in 1976. This drama was the British contribution to a five-part series of Henry James stories made for French TV in 1974 and stars Tom Baker.

Sherlock fans will also get the chance to spend some time with Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss who will discuss their re-imagining of Arthur Conan Doyle’s great detective. An event on Sunday April 9 will see a discussion of the compelling sound of Sherlock with Gatiss and Vertue along with composers David Arnold and Michael Price.

Opening the festival on Friday April 7 will be an event dedicated to Maigret starring Rowan Atkinson. Atkinson will be joined by exec producer John Simenon, son of original Maigret creator Georges Simenon, to talk about bringing the enigmatic sleuth to the small screen.

The BFI & Radio Times Television Festival takes place April 7-9 at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX.

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